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absolve
4 uses
I shouted back, "and I have absolved him of his sins!"
absolved = relieved or forgiven
DefinitionGenerally absolve means:
to find someone blameless; or forgive; or relieve (of a requirement or obligation)
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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admonish
2 uses
He told the story only to papa, who admonished him not to repeat it.
admonished = warned or advised
DefinitionGenerally admonish means:
to express disapproval to someone of their actions; or to warn or advise someone
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 3
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agony
8 uses
The agony of pain was more than I could bear.
agony = intense feelings of suffering
DefinitionGenerally agony means:
intense feelings of suffering — can be from mental or physical pain
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Book8 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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audacious
1 use
His forwardness and audacity often caught them off guard.
audacity = boldness and daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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blasphemy
5 uses
...his voice thundered, and we fell back in horror at the blasphemy he uttered.
blasphemy = something said that is disrespectful of something considered sacred — especially God or religion
DefinitionGenerally blasphemy means:
something said or done that is disrespectful of something considered sacred — especially God or religion
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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crescendo
2 uses
The sharp, reverberating hoofbeats that moments ago had mixed into the surging sound of the river were now a crescendo upon me.
crescendo = gradually increasing in intensity; or having gradually reached maximum intensity
DefinitionGenerally crescendo means:
a gradual increase in intensity; or the time of maximum intensity — especially in the loudness of music
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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desecrate
2 uses
He pointed to the church where the priest desecrated the altar by pouring the blood of dead pigeons...
desecrated = violated the sacred character of
DefinitionGenerally desecrate means:
violate the sacred nature of something
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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direct   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 8 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
He used his sharp knuckles and aimed each blow directly at my breastbone.†
directly = straight (exactly where stated; used for emphasis)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book4 uses
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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2  —1 use as in:
was direct in my instructions
Today two more families would be in mourning in the town of Guadalupe, and indirectly the far-off war of the Japanese and the Germans had come to claim two victims in New Mexico.†
indirectly = in a complicated, non-obvious manner

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indirectly means not and reverses the meaning of directly. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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3  —3 uses as in:
directed her question to
He came to where I stood directing the waters of the acequia down the rows of corn.†
directing = sending
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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Book3 uses
Library36 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 22
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exasperated
3 uses
Tellez threw up his arms in exasperation,
exasperation = great annoyance

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally exasperated means:
greatly annoyed
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Book3 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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forsake
6 uses
A painful wrenching in my heart made me cry aloud, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me!"
forsaken = abandoned
DefinitionGenerally forsake means:
to abandon or give up on — such as someone who needs you, or an idea, or a place
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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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heed
4 uses
You are a fool if you do not heed my words.
heed = do what is suggested by
DefinitionGenerally heed means:
pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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illustrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
We all waited patiently for father's story to develop, because we knew he had a way of telling stories that very clearly illustrated the point he wanted to make.†
illustrated = helped make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 17
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monotonous
4 uses
One thing that helped to break the monotony of being locked in by the storm was the arrival of Leon and Eugene.
monotony = lack of variety
DefinitionGenerally monotonous means:
lacking in variety — typically boring
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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ominous
3 uses
His voice was harsh and ominous.
ominous = suggestive of bad things to come
DefinitionGenerally ominous means:
threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
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Book3 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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persist
4 uses
...he had tried in every way to keep Jason from the Indian. But Jason persisted.
persisted = continued
DefinitionGenerally persist means:
to continue — often despite difficulty
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Book4 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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retort
6 uses
Narciso retorted, "and if you seek to do evil to la Grande I will cut your heart out!"
retorted = replied quickly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of retort means:
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
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Book6 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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tumult
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
tumult in financial markets
A great cry went up from the people as they saw crashing, tumultuous waters fill the dark hole.
tumultuous = turbulent (confused or disordered)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tumult means:
confusion or disorder — often noisy
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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vengeance
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
vengeance is mine
We will have our vengeance on you, their voices crackled.
vengeance = revenge
DefinitionGenerally this sense of vengeance means:
the act of taking revenge

(Revenge means to harm someone to get them back for something harmful that they have done.)
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Book7 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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